Gaining Weight on Weight Watchers: What to Do?

March 30, 2020   35 Comments

Are you gaining weight on Weight Watchers? The Weight Watchers (WW) plan has been proven to help people lose weight but some of us have a tough time.

Gaining Weight on Weight Watchers: What to Do?

All of us want that magic bullet to drop the pounds right off us. Especially after you have spent the money, time, and effort eating on plan (within your points). It takes discipline to eat the right things!!

There are over 300 comments on my post - not losing weight on Weight Watchers’ Freestyle. Why? Because gaining weight on Weight Watchers is common and members want to support each other to get them to their ideal weight.

From one Weight Watcher’s member:

Only 3 weeks in and I had a gain. That never happens when I'm following the plan. I’m beginning to let that lingering fear that this is yet another plan that won't work for me creep in. I can't help but be discouraged by my own numbers. I love the flexibility of the plan but I have to get this weight off.

Yes!! I hear you sister! I have been absolutely crestfallen by the pounds that have stuck on after all my effort.

But, you have to keep it in perspective and take a look at the wins from the week that led to a weight gain.

It is far easier to talk about what you GAIN instead of what you LOSE. Some things you might have gained (other than pounds) with a week of WW:

  • Eating more fruits and vegetables.
  • Awareness of when you are actually hungry versus mindless eating.
  • Smaller portion sizes that can sustain you.

Also, while you may not have lost pounds, you may have lost inches. I encourage anyone who is trying to lose weight to measure their waist.

To calculate your waist size accurately, measure from the top of your hip bone level with your belly button and do not hold your breath!

The road to significant weight loss is not a beautiful straight line for almost anyone. It has dips and flat areas. You have to remember how long it took you to put on the weight and realize it is going to take you at least that long to lose it.

With the new WW, there are three plans - Purple, Blue, and Green. Get a handle on one of them but if it doesn’t work for you - look over the fence at another choice. You may have not found your groove yet.

Have you been gaining weight on Weight Watchers? Why do you think this is happening?

Let’s all share our solutions to weight gain while attempting big dietary changes.

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I know exactly why I'm gaining while on the WW program...when I actually stop and track the things I'm eating I see that I go over my allotted points on those days. Not even taking into consideration the days when I don't track. I've steadily gained 10 pounds since they started switching the program around, first to Freestyle and then to the multi-colored plans...none of them are working for me as well as the old plan simply because I don't track as diligently as I used to when I was on that one simple program where I counted every point.

I'm not sure what it's going to take for me to re-dedicate myself to the program like I did then and find a way to lose this 10 pounds...I start every day with good intentions and get plenty of exercise (thankfully, otherwise that 10 pounds would probably be 20!) but the food...still making poor choices and eating too much...and I just can't seem to stop!

Sue G. You explained it accurately. I have the same problem.

Work with a Registered Dietitian

@ SueG Amen, sister. I'm in that same boat. Hate it, but apparently not enough to jump ship and get back on track. Ugh.

I gained ten pounds back from the 35 I lost. I just got so tired of the food I was eating, and all the recipes online and on WW amounted to much of the same stuff. And it got boring. I love to cook, which is part of the problem. I'd look at a recipe for a good chicken curry and then one for boneless, skinless baked chicken breasts, and get so tired of making the right choice. sigh.

I am a registered dietitian and I have been disappointed in the changes that WW has made. I have many clients with the same complaint of "why am I gaining weight on the program?"

From my observation, many that I see take the "zero points" allowed in fruits, eggs, etc. to task and are eating TOO many calories from them. I get the concept of filling up on fiber, but folks, fruits are 80-120 calories per serving and eggs are 75-100 calories each and they are NOT "Free of calories"! Several of my clients were shocked to learn of this and when they limited fruits to 2-3 servings/day, and used more vegetables as a "filler", they experienced more weight loss. A key is keeping food records and realizing that the really only "free" calorie items are water, diet gelatin, and "nearly free" foods are raw, nonstarchy vegetables (such as celery, cucumbers, etc).

Cyndy, I’m the same as you!

Plus I’m on disability while I await back surgery (who knows when that will happen) and can’t stand for long periods of time prepping food etc.It’s easier to cook what I know that’s fast and easy. PLUS I live in a rural community and many WW items are either not available or very expensive. And I sure don’t want to go into the grocery store every few days for produce. Quite frankly, I don’t know what to do. How to get into that mindset when I’m just grateful that my family and I are well!!!

@Rita the dietician, as to why one can't lose on a diet: the foods you describe are boring and repetitive. Very few people can sustain that kind of eating for very long. I think you also have to factor some other things in: the metabolism you are born with, your physical and financial circumstances (see Kate from Alberta above), and whether or not you live to eat or eat to live--in other words, do you really enjoy food in all its forms. My husband eats a terrible diet, for instance, but eats to live. Plus he has an incredible metabolism. So his diet doesn't affect his weight like mine does mine. The one other thing I will say about his eating is that he does not eat between meals until after dinner, when he might eat a bowl of popcorn or half a dozen cookies. Or two containers of full-fat, sugared yogurt.

A lot of this is the luck of the draw, in my opinion.

I find that when I gain it's simple - I haven't tracked. Even when I am over in the points department, if I have tracked everything, then I don't gain - or at least, only gain 1/2 pound. We gain weight because we have eaten too much of the wrong thing. It really is just that easy - those of us with a "slow metabolism" should eat less of the "pointy" foods and more free stuff. Sure, fruit has calories, so does everything - but it's fat free. (Eat an apple - all that chewing is what makes you feel full.)

I struggled with all the new programs. Happier now that I can go back to green.Apparently beans are too many calories for me when they are free points and I love beans. Same with ff Greek yogurt.I need to watch every calorie and keep my fitbit steps around 1600 to lose anything each week. I am not naturally active and hate it but I gained 18lbs from Lifetime and want to get it off.Doesn't help that I'm almost 70 and have digestion issues and many allergies to food and food preferences. I get to feeling hopeless on program then I went on a cruise and lost 2 lbs not counting, eating what I wanted. Can't explain it except that I was walking constantly. So I kept up the excessive steps at home and yep, that was the key. Not sure every day it's worth it. Like I'm on a forced march.

When I first went on Freestyle I lost over 30lb. I felt great. Then we decided to move and it was eating out alot and having my favorite beer because it was summer. Then Christmas came and family came and the pounds came...and came....I went back on Freestyle (Blue) and tracked and was so good but I still gained....grrrrf! Now we are in isolation and I find I am eating things I didnt even enjoy before (and still dont but still eat them) out of boredom ....but I will persevere and get back on track....I know I will! Summer is coming.

I quit WW long ago because they got away from their core program that helped me get to lifetime, and was very close to Am. Heart Assn. guidelines. You had so many carbs, meats, fruits, vegetables and dairy, and you checked off boxes for each serving. The “eat whatever you want” they’re doing now doesn’t provide the nutrient balance you need.

@Cyndy, I totally agree with you. There are so many factors that contribute to one's weight. And my husband sounds an awful lot like yours! I've been on WW for several years, and I am weary of being over-vigilant. I feel like when it comes to my food choices, I have to "sleep with one eye open." Otherwise, the pounds start to creep up. It gets very tiring and I, too, love to cook. The same boring foods just don't cut it. I'm hanging on by a thread, but hoping for a more livable solution. Yes, I know "no foods are off-limits" but there must be a better way.

Not sure what has caused this awful gain , it just doesn’t seem to work anymore

Has anyone here tried a whole food plant based diet? It's none or very infrequent animal products, and many people feel so good after 30 days they eventually stick to it for the rest of their life. I know it's been a life saver for my family who not only reversed several health problems [ulcerative colitis, hbp, cholesterol, pre-diabetes] but lost weight as a bonus. It just seems to me its a very exciting adventure into so many delicious new meals and such an eye-opener as to how many amazing things can be done with plants. Just wondering if any have tried it for weight or other health issues. Below is one woman's story [who I follow for recipe ideas].

The program works. Every WW program since the 50's has worked. But it needs to be worked. When you follow any of their plans, THEY WORK. But it takes consistency and persistence. If it were easy, the world would not have a weight problem. I look at my own tracker and see that when I track and stay within the points, I ultimately lose weight. When I go over the allotted points, I gain. It really is that simple!

@Lisa, oh, it definitely works. And, yes, it is simple. Just doesn't seem sustainable in the long run.

I've lost track of all the program "names" over the years. All I know is 3 years ago (ish?) when they changed programs, I gained weight and quit. Now that they brought back Green (not sure what it used to be called?) it is working again for me. I need structure and I need enough points to have something indulgent once in a while like cheese, wine, something sweet. Green does that for me.

I have made it to lifetime using the smart points system and then during my process it changed to Freestyle. I too gained weight on that program and gave up for a while.

I find that eating my veggies, less starch and carbs is helpful but it seems that if I eat anything out of the normal, I gain weight. I am not talking burgers, I mean maybe a sandwich and baked chips or pretzels and hummus and within the serving size.

@Beverly - Oh, my gosh! Right?? I know what you mean. The same thing is happening to me, making me think something is awry. Snack Girl, is there any science supporting this phenomenon? We are not going on a bender here - just eating something normal. Thanks!

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